News in brief w/c 30 July

News in brief, mandates and product launches from this week

iShares, has launched the world’s first Japanese equity ETF which aims to minimise currency risk for UK and sterling investors. The iShares MSCI japan Monthly GBP Hedged ETF provides exposure to over 300 of the largest Japanese companies. The fund is physically-backed, investing in individual securities and is optimised to track the performance of the MSCI Japan 100% Hedged to GBP Net Total Return Index

Barings, has agreed in principle to the acquisition of SEI Asset Korea (SEIAK) the 19th largest asset manager in Korea. The acquisition will expand Barings’ presence in Korea.

Global asset manager Russell Investments has announced the launch of a new China equity fund. The Russell China A Equity fund offers investors access to the China A share market through the Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (QFII) quota.

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